June 24, 2016

Outdoor Community Question ~ Favorite Outdoor Quote

This Community question was inspired (swiped) from the Forum where ksearl ~ Live Free and Hike asked everyone to share their favorite Outdoor Quotes.

We all have them, those little sayings that inspire us. A sentence or two that someone else has written (or perhaps we’ve came up with on our own) that we can read and it strikes a cord within.

I’ve personally always enjoyed the quote, “The deepest rivers flow with the least amount of noise” and I have no idea who wrote it. I just know it struck my internal cord and I’ve never forgotten it.

Lately I’ve been focused on a straight to the point quote (of my own design) that I find rather inspiring. See sticky note…

So let’s share those Outdoor Quotes that inspire today. Share one, share two…share as many as you’d like. Who knows, your favorite Outdoor Quote might be the one someone else in the community needed today.

Strike a cord.

About Rebecca

When Rebecca isn't running the Outdoor Blogger Network, she is off Fly Fishing her favorite rivers. Occasionally she writes about those adventures at The Outdooress.


  1. 1

    “When its rains, the fish never get wet, only the fishermen do.”

    I always remind myself of that when I’m fishing and it starts raining.

  2. 3

    “Everyone must believe in something. I believe I will go canoeing.” – Henry David Thoreau.

    This is a reminder to me that being an outdoorsman is not a hobby – it’s a calling.

    • 4

      That quote is something that the last word can be changed to just about anything…I believe I will go fly fishing….I believe I will go hiking….and it would all apply to the calling we all feel ~

  3. 5

    “Aim small, Miss small”

  4. 7

    “Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.” – Charles Waterman

    Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths. ~Author Unknown

  5. 9

    “Small fish, in the hands of someone with small hands, are relatively large.”–UA

  6. 12

    Any fish, anytime, on the fly!

  7. 13

    “Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.” Fred Bear

  8. 14

    “Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” Mark Twain

  9. 15

    “A professional is the kind of damn fool who actually fishes when he goes fishin’. He don’t turn it into a whisky party or an excuse to play poker, not that I’m low-ratin’ either sport if taken in the correct perspective.” – Robert Ruark

  10. 16

    “Some go to church and think about fishing, others
    go fishing and think about God.” Tony Blake

  11. 18

    “Friends don’t let friends fish with bananas.” Alaska Fly Boy

  12. 19

    A friend of my gave me this one the other day.

    “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” -Gandhi

  13. 20

    “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, to have my senses put in order.”-John Burroughs

  14. 22

    “No one has ever said they hate the feeling of a fish bending a fly rod. “

  15. 23

    “If you take your kid hunting and fishing, then you will not have to hunt and fish for your kid!”

  16. 24

    I always find John Muir to be of great inspiration. Here are a couple that always gets me:
    “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

    “Going to the mountains is going home.”

    “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

    “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

    “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”

    and finally…

    “The mountains are calling and I must go.”

    ― John Muir

  17. 25

    It takes two things to connect a kid to nature: a special place and a special person. Find that place; be that person.

  18. 27

    Me: “What are you catching them on?”
    Local river fisherman: “A hook”

    - Now I just nod when I see him on the water.

  19. 29

    Two quotes I love . . .


    “Many men go fishing their entire lives without knowing it is not fish they are after”. – Henry David Thoreau

    “Hunting, fishing, drawing and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them”. – John James Audubon

  20. 30

    “I am just going outside and may be some time” Lawrence Oates

  21. 31

    Your favorite saying is actually a Latin Phrase/Proverb that is often translated….Still waters run deep.

    My phrase that I coined:

    “Hunt hard, harvest ethically and may your drag be short.” Nancy Jo

  22. 32

    Oh…and for turkey season or wing shooting season…
    “Hunt hard, harvest ethically and may your vest be full of feathers.” Nancy Jo

  23. 33

    “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast… a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

    -Edward Abbey from a speech to environmentalists in Missoula, Montana in 1978 and in Colorado, which was published in High Country News in the 1970s or early 1980s under the title “Joy, Shipmates, Joy.”

    and a tip of the old Stormy Kromer to Shawn Bichsel at Lines in the Dirt (http://linesinthedirt.com) for turning me on to this quote.

    • 34

      I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed Edward Abbey’s book Desert Solitaire over the years and the above is something I would have loved to hear him say.

    • 35

      That’s the classic… THAT quote woke me up from a semi-slumber recently. That it came via Tom Sadler, well, that’s a bonus (yes, I know … it’s an unhealthy man crush).

  24. 36

    My grandfather was a world wide big game hunter and an accomplished freshwater fisherman. He had several quotes I always go back to, but for the outdoors he had a variation of one quote.

    “You ain’t gonna catch a fish unless the hook is in the water”

    and for wingshooting

    “You ain’t gonna get a bird unless the lead is in the air”

    Non outdoors quote: “The Bible says no one knows when the last day will be, but son, I can tell you this; every day is another day closer.”

  25. 37

    “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
    -Loren Eiseley, first sentence of Chapter 2 “The Flow of the River” from the book The Immense Journey

    I first saw this on a wall at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, and I wrote it down on a scrap of a paper. I eventually hunted down my own copy of the book… based solely on that quote. It’s not written by a fly fisherman, but I think it sums up my feelings on why I fly fish.

  26. 38

    “I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.”
    ― Aldo Leopold

  27. 39

    “Sometimes I go fishing to be alone. So it is my plan to plant my own garden and to decorate my own soul, instead of waiting for someone else to take me fishing”.

    From the Rainbow Chaser

  28. 40

    “Honey, I’m going for a walk, if I’m not back in an hour, I’ll be back in three days.”

    Home Skillet

  29. 41

    Haven’t seen this one posted yet, so…

    “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” -Aldo Leopold

    Definitely reminds one of how important both agriculture and natural resources are.

    And…One that makes me chuckle every time:

    “No greater bond exists between two male friends than shared ignorance.” – Patrick McManus

  30. 42

    “We’re Socrates alive today and living his life of the mind, he might be a fisherman. He might even be a fly-fisherman. Whatever sort of fishing he enjoyed, something tells me he would keep his angling simple, his life uncluttered. He wouldn’t watch much TV and he wouldn’t hang around the mall. Rather, you’d find him out on a stream somewhere, or sitting by a campfire under the stars, thinking. He’d be the most interesting man imaginable to talk with, and he’d own but a single fly rod.” — Paul Quinnett, Fishing Lessons

    Or, as he likes to say…..”If you go fishing often enough, pretty soon the really respectable people will start to avoid you.”

  31. 43

    Can I just say, thank you everyone for sharing these words of Outdoor Wisdom. I’m enjoying them, connecting with the words and stashing them away for future inspiration.

    Thank you!

  32. 44

    ” I looked around for something I might rise to and found three chocolate eclairs.” – Nick Lyons ( Alright, it might have been bon-bons. Hard to remember, I’ve read so much of his work. )

  33. 45

    I like this topic!!!

    “A mountain has no need for people, but people do need mountains. We go to them for their beauty, for the exhilaration of standing closer to mysterious skies, for the feeling of triumph that comes from having labored to reach a summit.” – Earl Hamner, Jr.

    One of my favorites!


  34. 46

    “In wildness is the preservation of the earth; so seek the wolf in thyself”
    Henry David Thoreau

    An adventure is simply a well planned trip gone awry.
    Author Unknown

  35. 47

    Always a favorite among us gun dog lovin girls…

    “Any woman who does not thoroughly enjoy tramping across the country on a clear, frosty morning with a good gun and a pair of dogs does not know how to enjoy life.” ~ Annie Oakley

  36. 48

    “All sport depends in the end on traditions, ethics, and standards that enrich, without inhibiting, personal experience. The quality of personal experience depends upon subjective values and a host of intangibles, and no sport makes more of these than does angling, no sport offers more scope for highly individualized experience. But shared human experiences – especially in the permanent literature – shared ethics, shared traditions must always give added meaning and value to the keenest experience, those most delightful or most exciting of unexpected happenings that reward the angler so generously.” (Roderick Haig-Brown, ‘Bright Waters, Bright Fish’)

  37. 49

    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” Helen Keller. A kind of philosophy for life as well as outdoor activities.

  38. 50

    A favorite poem of mine is Clancy of the Overflow, written by A.B. “Banjo” Patterson in Sydney or the Bush – late 1880′s . Poem is in a blog post I wrote last year (Clancy of the Overflow)

    Here is a taste:
    “And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him
    In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
    And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
    And at night the wond’rous glory of the everlasting stars.”

  39. 51

    “I’ve seen it rain with fire in the sky.
    Though he’d be a poor man, if he never saw an eagle fly,
    Rocky Mountain High… Colorado” ~~John Denver

    Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish. ~~Mark Twain

  40. 52

    And old on but a good one I use allot “A bad day on the water is better than the best day at work.”

  41. 53

    1- I believe in the “here after”………… and Fish, is what I’m here after.
    2- I think the fish are either shallow, deep, or somwhere in betweeen.
    3- The best time to fish this spot is…. Every time you get the chance.
    4. That fish just made a mis-take… Nobody’s perfect.
    5. I snagged it alright… all over…all over the mouth!

    These are saying that I grew up saying.

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